With more than 50 vintage and modern arcade games, Greta merges old-school fun with contemporary dining trends. The international, street food-inspired menu includes dishes such as a Big Mac Poutine and Butter Chicken Bites, featuring ingredients sourced from within three hours of Edmonton.
Try: Greta’s Gemma cocktail, made with blueberries, mint and a homemade green-tea syrup, is the perfect drink to toast a Mortal Kombat win.
The only arcade bar in Montreal features more than 20 classic machines such as Terminator 2 and Donkey Kong, along with Nintendo consoles from the original NES to Nintendo Switch. Gamers on pause can snack on free popcorn.
Try: Specialty cocktails vibe on video game nerd lore: the Yoshi—gin, lime, Midori, and 7-Up—pairs perfectly with the venue’s weekly tournaments.
No quarters required here—$5 covers all-you-can-play on more than 50 retro games, including four varieties of hockey. You can also watch a 1990s-blockbuster movie on VHS while stacking a giant Jenga.
Try: The Malibu Barbie, which blends citrus, raspberry and Malibu rum, is a sweet pink treat to sip while you play the cult-classic game Cuphead.
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With wood-panel walls reminiscent of your parents’ rec room, The Den features old standbys such as pinball, Skee-Ball, darts and classic arcade games, though first-person shooter GoldenEye 007 on Nintendo 64 is a patron-favourite.
Try: Power up before a game of Super Smash Bros. with a Bowser’s Castle, a riff on an old-fashioned with black walnut bitters and Grand Marnier.
Posters of “Marky” Mark Wahlberg and Tiffani-Amber Thiessen set the bar’s retro atmosphere. Air hockey and WrestleMania are among the popular nostalgia games, while semi-regular NHL tournaments on PlayStation draw the largest crowds.
Try: The bar’s 104 novelty shots include the Zelda, made with melon liqueur and crème de banane.